" Mayella sounded like a Mr Jingle in a book I had been reading. "
Mr Jingle (Alfred Jingle) is a character in The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens. He is an actor and a charlatan, known for telling bizarre anecdotes in a distinctively extravangant, disjointed style.
" He wore the only English riding boots I had ever seen. "
Traditionally, English riding boots are made of smooth leather, usually cowhide or occasionally pigskin.
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English and Western riding boots have a distinct difference in design. English boots have lacing at the ankle, which allows a more comfortable ride. Western boots have riding ("cowboy") heels, while English boots have lower "walking heels".